Trailing his top competitors for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in recent opinion polls, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner is challenging them to a series of 10 debates between now and July, reports the News Service of Florida. “This is a historic election with important consequences for our state and nation,” Hasner wrote in a letter to Congressman Connie Mack and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux. “While we have much in common, there are are also real differences between us on important issues like government spending, immigration reform, the sanctity of life, and the best way to reform the failed political system in Washington.” Hasner’s letter did not include tea party favorite Mike McCalister or steakhouse executive Craig Miller, though he copied the letter to the Republican Party of Florida and said he hoped the party would reach out to those candidate. Hasner also said he was “realistic about the challenges our grassroots campaign will face in trying to compete with you,” but that the debates would toughen whichever candidate faced Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in November. Mack is well ahead of the field in most public opinion polls on the race, and LeMieux had outraised Hasner as of the Sept. 30 reporting date for campaign contributions.
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